The United Arab Emirates connected the Arab world’s first nuclear power plant to the country’s grid and began generating electricity, crossing the final threshold to become a member of the exclusive club of atomic nations.
In the conversation with Trump and Netanyahu, it was agreed to “stop the Israeli annexation of the Palestinian territories,” said Emirati Prince Mohammed Bin Zayed.
Built and run by a partnership with Korea Electric Power Corp., the Barakah plant will gradually ramp up production to full capacity in a few months, it said. Emirates Nuclear Energy Corp., his promoter, on Wednesday. Barakah is the first of four civil reactors that the government plans to commission by 2023.
The plant is a milestone for the Middle East and the United Arab Emirates, a seven-member federation that includes the Dubai business hub, and oil major Abu Dhabi. The reactors, located along a sparsely populated strip of desert on Abu Dhabi’s Persian Gulf coast, are estimated to cost $ 25 billion. The government expects them to produce up to 5.6 gigawatts once fully operational, or about a fifth of the country’s current installed generation capacity.
The move seeks to prevent the United Kingdom, France and Germany from referring the Islamic Republic to the United Nations Security Council.
Diversify energy production
United Arab Emirates, the third largest oil producer in the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, is trying to diversify its national energy supply and decrease its dependence on crude oil. Dubai aims to meet 75% of its solar and other renewable energy needs by 2050.
Despite the fact that thanks to shale the US has reduced purchases of crude from the Persian Gulf, they still represent more than 10% of imports.
The second reactor in the country is already built and in preparation to “be ready to operate,” said the promoter. Construction of the remaining two units is in the final stages, he said. Other Arab countries, such as Saudi Arabia and Egypt, are also moving towards adopting nuclear power despite doubts about cost and safety.
In years past, Arab nations have tried – and failed – to build nuclear capabilities. Low Saddam HusseinIraq had a well-developed program until Israel, an unrecognized nuclear state, stifled its ambitions by destroying the Osirak research reactor in an airstrike in 1981. Iran, which is not an Arab country, has operated the Bushehr facility since 2011, but Tehran faces crippling sanctions from the United States for its atomic program.
The dispute amplifies divisions between East and West, with Beijing and Washington engaged in low-key clashes against each other’s policies and spheres of influence.